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Is there another sight or sound as glorious as the Baltimore Oriole’s arrival? This week’s "Gift of bird watching" is the exclamation point that spring is here! The bright orange males can be heard high in the treetops with a single, slurred...
“Killy-killy-killy!" A dove-sized falcon swoops up from the ditch and lands on a power line, pumping his tail three times. This week’s Gift of Bird Watching species is the American kestrel, one of the most visually stunning birds you will...
Imagine being in your yard, enjoying the first warm days of spring, when a swarm of raucous voices pours in from the sky like a school bus full of unsupervised middle school students. They shout simultaneously back and forth...
This week’s Gift of Bird Watching species is the American woodcock. If you have never witnessed this bird’s sky dance in early spring, you are missing out on a real treat! Find a forested area with a large clearing, and...
“Spring is coming soon. . . . Spring is coming soon.” The optimistic song of the Eastern meadowlark signals the changing of seasons. This week’s Birding Gift is found in open country. These are bright yellow, football-shaped birds with a...
This is the time of year when one looks at the bird feeder and sees a red, sparrow-sized bird with streaking on the chest. After thumbing through the field guide, you confidently land on the finch page and say,...
As I was cleaning bluebird boxes at Voas Nature Area on a blustery February morning, I heard a muffled honk carried by the squalls of snow. Farm machinery, barking dogs, geese? Thirteen snow white, refrigerator-sized birds appeared at roof height from the swirling...
When birders see a sparrow that they cannot identify, it is affectionately dismissed as a “little brown bird” or by shorthand, “LBB.” This week’s Birding Gift, the American tree sparrow, is an easily identifiable bird and one of the most...
Each week the Dallas County Conservation Board will spotlight a bird that you should be able to see with little effort in our area. Winter is a great time to start this hobby because birds are concentrated at feeders and easier to find...